Evans puts his name in the pot for British title winner

Evans puts his name in the pot for British title winner

St Clears’ Dale Evans (10-2-2, 3KO) is keeping a keen eye on Saturday’s meeting between two of his former foes and he hopes to face the winner in the near future.

Sunderland’s Glenn Foot (15-0, 6KO) and Birmingham’s Sam Eggington (15-2, 9KO) will battle for the vacant British welterweight title on the undercard of Matchroom Sport’s ‘High Stakes’ show, live on Sky Sports, and it’s caught Evans’ interest.

He said: “I feel like I’m worthy of fighting for a British title but obviously Eggington and Foot are fighting next week and I’d love to face the winner. If that comes up as a possibility, I’ll jump straight in there.”

Two and a half years ago, the trio of then novice prospects took part in a thrilling edition of the Prizefighter tournament. In the quarter-final, Evans overcame a green Eggington before losing razor thin Split Decision to Foot in the competion final, almost dropping the unbeaten favourite with a body shot in the last round. Plenty of water has passed under the bridge since then but the 23-year-old Welshman feels they still have scores to settle.

Evans said: “Sam would like to show he can beat me over more rounds, so that would be an interesting fight. Glenn Foot, I want to prove I can beat him over more rounds because it was a close decision. I’ve got things to prove against both of them and they’ve got things to prove against me. If it’s an option, I’ll be straight in there 100%.

“I’m happy to travel for it, I prefer it boxing away from home. I love being the underdog, it doesn’t bother me one bit. I’ll go anywhere if it’s a good fight.”

Since their fights in the three round format, Eggington has thrived and achieved the most. The all-action Birmingham brawler, who made his debut by beating Swansea’s Leon Findlay in the away corner in 2012, has captured the Midlands Area, WBC International Silver and Commonwealth titles in a series of impressive performances.

That run of form, which persuaded promoter Eddie Hearn to sign Eggington, has included an impressive points win over Dave Ryan and two thunderous knockouts of Denton Vassell and Shayne Singleton. On the other hand, aside from scoring a seventh round stoppage of Maesteg’s former European lightweight champion Jason Cook in his first fight after Prizefighter, Foot has only registered four wins against a lower level of opposition and Evans believes that may be the difference between the pair.

He said: “I’ve been switching back and forth but I’m going with Sam. Sam’s had the more experience over more rounds, tougher opponents and he’s stopped some very good boys. I think he’ll come on later on in the fight and either stop Foot or he’ll beat him convincnly on points.”

Should the winner decide against rematching Evans, ‘Big Boy’ has a back up plan. Last week, the British Boxing Board of Control [BBBoC] nominated him to face John O’Donnell (29-2, 11KO) in a title eliminator. The 29-year-old southpaw has previously reigned as English and Commonwealth champion but has suffered with inactivity, appearing just twice in the last two years. Purse bids have to be submitted to the BBBoC’s Cardiff headquarters by 12 August and the fight has to take place by November.

Analysing the option, Evans said: “To be honest with you, I’d never heard of him until this got announced. I’ve had a quick look about him and he’s experienced but he’s been inactive and I’ve been very active.

“I’ll fight anyone I can fight to get closer to the British title and until I get the British title then I won’t be happy. I want to push towards the British title, training for every fight is another stepping stone towards it.”

A bout with O’Donnell would be the second British title eliminator Evans has been a part of in 2015. In March, he suffered a fifth round stoppage to London’s unbeaten Larry Ekundayo and bounced back by beating Yorkshire’s tricky Adil Anwar on away soil, dropping the former English champion three times on route to a decision win.

Concluding, Evans said: “I knew it as going to be a tough fight [against Anwar] before going in there. It was a fight for both of us [that] if we lost, then it was a case of where do we go from there. Thankfully, I got the win and it’s put me back up there again. I feel like I’m in a good position to push on for the British title, which I’m still after. Even after losing a title eliminator, I feel like I’m in a good place for it.

“There was pressure but it was also a case of me having the chance to prove a point. Before, I concentrated too much on trying to box and looking pretty. I forgot what I do naturally, which is punch hard and use my strength. When I’m trying to do something which I’m not a natural at, I forget about things like my defence, which cost me the fight against Larry.

“I take nothing away from Larry. He did what he had to do and probably boxed as good as he can box, I possibly boxed the worst I’ve ever boxed. I’m still gutted but that’s how it goes, I’ve learned from it.”

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